The Poison Bed, A Marriage, A Murder, One of Them will Hang for it.
Based on the true scandal that rocked the court of James I. In the autumn of 1615, a celebrated couple, Robert and Frances Carr, are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. Frances is young, captivating, and from a notorious family. She has been rescued from an abusive marriage by Robert and is determined to make a new life for herself. Whatever the price. Robert is one of the richest and most famous men in the kingdom. He has risen from nothing to become one of the country's most powerful men. But to get to the top, you cannot help making enemies.
Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake. Now a man is dead. And someone must pay with their life.
Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?
- 406 pages
A striking portrait thought to be a young Frances Howard was recently attributed to George Geldorp (around 1620) and can be seen in our current exhibition Unseen Treasures. Learn more about Geldrop in this article written by historian Karen Hearn.